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Local Authority Designated Officer

Working Together 2015 says that Local authorities should have designated a particular officer, or team of officers (either as part of multi-agency arrangements or otherwise), to be involved in the management and oversight of allegations against people that work with children. Any new appointments to such a role, other than current or former designated officers moving between local authorities, should be qualified social workers. See Designated Officer.

Local authorities in England* should identify designated officers (referred to as the LADO) to be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases of allegations of abuse made against those who work with children as set out in the Allegations against People who Work with Children Procedure.

Their role is to give advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations; liaise with the Police and other agencies, and monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible consistent with a thorough and fair process.

*In Wales, the role of the LADO is taken up by a ‘Designated Senior Manager’ in Children’s Services/Social Services – the role of this person is similar to that of the LADO.